This is kind of flying all over the internet right now, but I couldn’t resist sharing. Artist Rashad Alakbarov fromAzerbaijan uses suspended translucent objects and other found materials to create light and shadow paintings on walls. The jaw-dropping light painting above, made with an array of colored airplanes is currently on view at the Fly to Baku exhibition at De Pury Gallery in London through January 29th.


 

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Rashad Alakbarov

Rashad Alakbarov graduated from the Faculty of Decorative Arts at Azerbaijan State Academy of Fine Art in Baku in 2001. He works with different media, including painting, sculpture, theatre decorations, video art and architec­tural design. The use of shadows in his installation became the main direction in the artist’s conceptual work. The first public showing of this type of work was at the ‘Wings of Time’ exhibition in Baku in 2000. He’s work is held in private collections in Azerbaijan, Italy, Turkey and Russia.

Alakbarov’s works comprise massive installations, but not the typical kind which are geared for direct sensory perception – they contain a secret.

Objects, either diverse or homogenous, are arranged in such a manner that shadows cast on the wall under proper lighting have little to do with the image of the initial installation. In this duality lies the magic of Alakbarov’s works. Thematically many of his works are associated with the world of anime serials, filled with ideas of looming world catastrophes after man has unleashed the genie of high technology.


 

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SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014

WORDS, Museum of Modern Art, Baku, Azerbaijan

2013

THE OTHER CITY, YAY!  Gallery, Baku, Azerbaijan

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2014

WORD AND ILLUMINATION IN COOPERATION WITH THE BRITISH MUSEUM, Le Meridien Medina Hotel, Almadinah, UAE

EAST WING BIENNIAL, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London.

2012-2013

FLY TO BAKU. Contemporary art from Azerbaijan, Kunsthistorisches museum – Neue Burg, Vienna, Austria; Spazio D – Maxxi building National Museum of XXI Century arts, Rome, Italy; Spazio D MAXXI building, National Museum of XXI Century Arts, Rome, Italy; Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow, Russia; me Collectors Room, Berlin, Germany; Hotel Salomon de Rothschild, Paris, France; Phillips de Pury& Company, London, UK

2013

ORNAMENTATION, 55th Venice Biennale, Azerbaijan Pavillion, Venice, Italy

Love Me Love Me Not, Contemporary Art from Azerbaijan and its Neighbours,  Collateral Event for the 55th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy

2012

Islamic Art Festival, Sharjah, UAE

FROM WASTE TO ART, Gala archeological and ethnographic museum, Baku, Azerbaijan

MERGING BRIDGES, Modern Art Museum, Baku, Azerbaijan

MAIDEN TOWER III International art festival, Baku, Azerbaijan

012 BAKU PUBLIC ART FESTIVAL, Baku, Azerbaijan

2011

FORWORD, Alternative Art Place, Baku

THE JOURNEY TO THE EAST, Contemporary Art Museum, Bialystok, Poland

FABULOUS FOUR, Kichik QalArt, Baku

CITY, Central House of the Artist, Moscow

BIG CAUCASUS, PERMM Gallery, Perm, Russia

2010

AZERBAIJAN CONTEMPORARY ART, Aidan Gallery, Moscow

2009

BAKUNLIMITED, ‘Cultural Days of Azerbaijan’, Voltahalle, Basel, Switzerland

2008

ART IS NOT ONLY UGLY, Atrium of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Berlin

STEPS OF TIME: Contemporary Art from Azerbaijan, Residenzschloss, Dresden, Germany

WAGE FLOOR, Contemporary Art Centre, Baku

2007

ALUMINIUM 3, International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Baku

EAST & WEST, Museum of Art, Die, France

OMNIA MEA, 52nd Venice Biennale, Venice

2006

CAUCASUS, NCAC, Moscow, Russia

TRANSFUSION, Contemporary Art Centre, Liestal, Switzerland

ALUMINIUM 2, International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Baku

2005

ALUMINIUM: ART + NEW TECHNOLOGIES, Shirvanshah’s Palace, Baku

2003

7+7. MORE TRANSPARENT, The Museum Centre, Baku

2002

ORIENTALISM: INSIDE & OUTSIDE, International Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Sattar Bahlulzadeh Exhibition Hall, Baku

2000

WINGS OF TIME, Exhibition of Young Artists, Khagani Art Center, Baku

 

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